WGS Foundations I: Syllabus

Introduction to WGS:
From the Practical to the Critical to the Theoretical, with Praxis

Fall, 2006 Course: Unique # 49780 TTH 3:30-5:00. MEZ 2.102
Office Hours: Wed. 8:30-11 and by appt.


Week 1
TH
Introduction to the Course: Who are you -- what are your women's and gender studies (two plurals)?
ASSIGNMENT 1 DUE: Personal History

PART I: Where does WGS come from?: History and Locus

WEEK 2

TU Origins in the 19th Century: Political Roots
History Readings

Key Original Voices: DISCUSSION QUESTION: Which projects distinguish these feminisms?
RESOURCE TO INTRODUCE: Précis for analysis

TH The Early 20th Century: The Practical Project (Anglo-American)
History Reading

Key Original Voices: DISCUSSION QUESTION: Which projects distinguish these feminisms?
ASSIGNMENT DUE: Précis (any original voice -- one chapter will do)

WEEK 3

TU The Latter 20th Century: The Political Project
History Reading (all passim)

Original Voices:
DISCUSSION QUESTION: What distinguishes post-war feminisms?

PART IB: Where does WGS come from? : The Scholarly Side
Topic: bibliographies, search engines, UT Library Online
GUEST PRESENTATION: Lindsey Schell, PCL; MEET IN PCL 1.124 !!


WEEK 4
TU Research and Professional Information-Gathering, 2: Primary Sources and Archives
GUEST:
Molly Schwartzburg, HRC. MEET IN HRC
READING: Margaret O. Addams, "Electronic Records at the National Archives"
"E-Soucces on Women and Gender"
TOPIC: Using Archival and Primary Sources at UT

TH Katie out of town. GET YOUR COMPUTER TRAINING and start on your website!!!


PART IC: Where does WGS come from?" Larger Contexts
WEEK 5 TU Since 1985: The Theoretical and Institutionalized Critical Projects
History Reading(all passim)

Original Voices: ASSIGNMENT DUE: Précis (any original voice)

TH Backlash and Current Projects: From Institutionalized WGS through GLBT Theory and Identity Politics

CLASS DISCUSSION: Institutional configurations of WGS
ASSIGNMENT 2 DUE: Locate history of WS (not women's participation, but actual organizational links and academic stuff) in areas you're interested in (USE THE GUIDE TO WS).

WEEK 6:

PART II: What do WGS professionals do?, 1: Authorization and Communities of Authority

TU Who are my people, 1?: Institutions, Organizations, and Disciplines, and Why You Need to Interface with Them

CLASS DISCUSSION:
An introduction to National WS organizations, foundations, museums, and policy projects (includes NWSA, NOW, NMWA, various women's organizations within national professional organizations -- see class website for links page)
ASSIGNMENT 3 DUE: Find Your People in the Academy

TH CLASS DISCUSSION: financing women's studies

ASSIGNMENT 4 DUE: Situate Yourself Nationally
PROOF OF WARMUP ASSIGNMENT DUE: last possible date

WEEK 7
TU Who are my people, 2?: Activism and Community-Based WGS
Original Voices:

CLASS DISCUSSION: Introducing resources (see class website)

TH Identifying Forms of Output: How to make an impact--professional communication expectations
Original Voices

CLASS DISCUSSION: What forms of professional communication will you need to master?
For example: RESOURCES TO INTRODUCE: ASSIGNMENT 5 DUE: Find Your Cause and Outreach

WEEK 8

Guest Instructor, Janet Swaffar
TU Class presentation:
CVs, Resumés, grant proposals
READ -- CV guide, Grants sections of website
Grant-writing tutorials:

TH DISCUSSION: Based on your series of postings: how do I plan my time at UT.
Also bring in a paper copy of the CV -- we may have a critique session using the doc cam.
ASSIGNMENT 6 (parts 1 & 2) DUE: Presenting Myself


Part III. The Academic Face of WGS = What do WGS professionals do?, 2: Skills, Outputs, Resources, and Self-Authorization

WEEK 9

TU Research and Professional Information-Gathering, 1: Using Primary Sources
CLASS PRESENTATION:
UT RESOURCES OF NOTE

ASSIGNMENT 7 due: Evaluating and working with online archives

TH Research Methods: Original Research and Analysis
Reading

ASSIGNMENT 8 due: Evaluating web-based resources.


WEEK 10

TU Ethics of Research and Teaching:
Professional Issues

Voices

TH CLASS DISCUSSION: what kinds of research I will need/problems in using existing resources as a feminist
ASSIGNMENT 9 DUE: My Site of "Primary Sources" and My Research Issues


PART III: Basics of Theory: The Roots

WEEK 11

TU CLASS LECTURE: How feminist theory grew: roots and keys from Western thought

TH Models of History, Consciousness-Raising, and Revolution: Hegel and Marx to Critical Theory

TH

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Précis (any text from this week)

WEEK 12
TU Signification, Marginalization, Consciousness: Freud to French Feminism

TH

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Précis (any text from this week)

WEEK 13

TU Post-Structuralism, Deconstruction, The Gaze, Alterity


TH THANKSGIVING

WEEK 14: 23 November(+ Thanksgiving)
TU Thanksgiving

TH

ASSIGNMENT DUE: Précis (any text from this week)

WEEK 15

T Class Symposium

TH ASSIGNMENT 6, part 3, due


FINAL EXAM TIME: Saturday 11 December 9-12AM
FINAL ASSIGNMENT DUE IN TO MY OFFICE